All work included in this project, unless otherwise specified, has been carried out, analyzed and reported by the iGEM Stockholm 2020 team. However, despite all our evident work and effort, these achievements could not have been possible without the support of all our supervisors, instructors, and advisors. Therefore, we want to deeply thank them for all their support and guidance on this page. Each of them has contributed to different chapters of our whole story, we hope you have enjoyed it as we did.
We would like to thank our supervisors, who gave us very valuable advice throughout the year. They helped us deal with the daily challenges that we came across, and were very supportive and willing to help with any case.
- Prof. Johan Rockberg. Primary iGEM PI and the head of a research group at the Division of Protein Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
- Prof. Ute Römling. Secondary iGEM PI and the head of a research group at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology at Karolinska Institutet.
We would like to acknowledge our instructors Aman and Max for all their constant support and help. They have been with us day after day, holding training seminars and helping us solve both the technical and the experimental problems we faced.
- Maximilian Karlander. Team member of iGEM Stockholm 2015 and Ph.D. student at the Department of Protein Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
- Aman Mebrahtu. Team member of iGEM Stockholm 2016 and a Ph.D. student at the Department of Protein Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology
We would also like to thank our advisors that gave us valuable input to our project and provided us with equipment and/or materials important for our project.
- Emma Vincent. Researcher at the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet. She provided pollutants for testing of our constructs.
- Amirreza Khataee. Postdoc researcher at the Division of Applied Electrochemistry at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He provided help with the MFC setup.
- Nerea Capon Lamelas. Team member of iGEM Stockholm 2019 and a Field Application Specialist at Promega Corporation. Nerea provided us with valuable information regarding the timeline and the procedures that should be done during the iGEM year. She also helped us to decide the team structure and deal with bureaucracy related issues.
- Rasmus Bengtsson. Team member of iGEM Stockholm 2017 and a Graphic Designer and Marketing Communicator at TCO Development. He gave us general media advice and assisted with photography.
In addition, we would like to thank the researchers from all around the world for being a part of the development of our project by providing us essential lab support.
- Johannes Gescher. The head of a research group in Applied Biology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He provided the Shewanella MtrB knockout strain.
- Melanie Knoll. A Ph.D student at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). She provided the Shewanella MtrB knockout strain.
- Jonatan Martin Rodriguez. Senior research specialist at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) at Karolinska Institutet. He provided advice for working with Shewanella.
- Martin Gustafsson. Assistant professor at the Division of Industrial Biotechnology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Provided assistance with modelling.
- Rakel Wreland Lindström. Associate professor at the Division of Applied Electrochemistry at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Provided inspiration for project and advice on working with fuel cells.
- Steffen Georg. A Ph. D. student at Wetsus, European Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology. He provided advice on working with fuel cells.
- João Pereira. A Ph. D. student at Wetsus, European Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology. He provided advice on biofilm growth for MFC experiments.
- Sudhanshu Pawar. A researcher in the Unit of Bioprocesses and Environmental Services at RISE. He provided advice for project design and modelling.
- Gunaratna Kuttuva Rajarao. A researcher at the Division of Industrial Biotechnology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. She was responsible for BSL-1 course lab at AlbaNova and provided safety training for lab members.
- Research staff on floor 3, Department of Protein Science, Albanova, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. They helped us answer questions, troubleshoot our procedures, and familiarize ourselves with the experimental protocols and equipment in the laboratory.
We would also love to attribute other iGEM teams that helped us with media work and dealing with the stress related to the limited materials and time we had due to the pandemic.
- iGEM Aalto-Helsinki and iGEM Uppsala provided us BioBricks.
- iGEM Bielefeld provided us Texas Red.
- iGEM BITS Goa provided invaluable technical support with implementing iGEM Wiki Starter Pack for our wiki.
- iGEM UCopenhagen provided great advice and perspective during our wiki troubleshooting sessions.
Human Practices Support
We would like to thank all the people that agreed to talk with us and gave us valuable input on our project. Thanks to them we managed to develop our biosensor into an applicable tool.
- Kristina Stark Fujii. Process engineer at SYVAB.
- Sara Villner. Environmental engineer at Käppalaförbundet.
- Åsa Andersson. Senior scientific officer at Naturvårdsverket.
- Karin Norström Environmental chemist at Naturvårdsverket.
- Sándor Bereczky. Biosafety professional from Folkhälsomyndigheten.
- Vilma Lagebro, Stella Axelsson and Josephine Berg from SGEM.
- Iida Tynkkynen. KI Digital Ambassador. She helped take photos for the KI Students Instagram page.
Finally, we would like to thank Stamatina and Puck for their valuable support and advice on financial issues. Special thanks to:
- Stamatina Rentouli. Team member of iGEM Stockholm 2018.
- Puck Norell. Team member of iGEM Stockholm 2018.
- SGEM (Stockholm Genetically Engineered Machines). A non-profit association that ensures annual participation in the iGEM competition by a team from Stockholm, and our supporting organization.
- Financial sponsors. KTH Royal Institute of Technology, KTH Opportunities Fund, KI Innovations AB, PN Biomedicine Grant (Medicinska Föreningen union, KI), Benchling, Integrated DNA Technologies, New England Biolabs, Red Bull, and SnapGene.
- Ester Lisnati Jayadi. She provided mental support and encouragement and helped create a cozy atmosphere by providing an unending supply of home baked cookies.
We are grateful to everyone that helped us make this project come true!